Catalog  –  2013 - 2014

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Information Systems

The Information Systems Program is designed for students who are pursuing a career in the computer and information technology field. The Program offers both a certificate and an Associate Degree as well as prepares students for transferring to four-year institutions.

Careers in data communications and networking, computer software engineering, database administration, computer systems analysis and design, not only are in great demand but also represent some of the professions with highest income level among all career choices.

Program Level Outcomes: Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of various types of information systems and their roles in our economy and society; exhibit proficiency in using common computer hardware, software, and the Internet; design, construct, and troubleshoot computer programs; design, construct, and implement data communications networks; demonstrate an understanding of the systems development process and plan, analyze, design, and implement information systems; discuss social, ethical, privacy, and security issues involved in the use of information systems.

Twenty (20) units required from the following two groups.

Required (13 units)  
INFS P100 - Introduction to Information Systems 4 units
INFS P113 - Structured Programming (Visual Basics) 3 units
INFS P210 - Systems Analysis and Design 3 units
INFS P220 - Data Communications and Networking 3 units
Electives (7 units)  
BSAD P101 - Introduction to Business 3 units
INFS P005 - Introduction to Windows 1 credit
INFS P010 - Introduction to Word Processing (Word) 2 units
INFS P020 - Introduction to Spreadsheet (Excel) 2 units
INFS P030 - Introduction to Database (Access) 2 units
INFS P050 - Introduction to the Internet 1 unit
INFS P051 - Web Page Design (HTML) 2 units
INFS P052 - Introduction to Web Design 3 units
INFS P053 - Advanced Web Page Design Using HTML 2 units
INFS P055 - Internet Research 2 units
INFS P056 - Web Page Design Practicum 2 units

Psychiatric Technology

Psychiatric Technology includes the study of the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill and basic nursing skills. Courses included are: Fundamentals of Nursing, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Growth and Development, Communications, Developmental Disabilities and Psychiatric Nursing.

This is a three semester certificate program with classes beginning each semester. The program includes classes on the college campus plus clinical training at Porterville Developmental Center, local mental health clinics, and other approved facilities. Individuals who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the examination to become a Licensed Psychiatric Technician.

Only students who have the prerequisites and have met all admission requirements will be considered for the program.

Program Learning Outcomes: Provider of Client Care: The Psychiatric Technician graduate will be able to provide safe client care by determining appropriate nursing interventions to clients with psychiatric disorders and/or developmental disabilities. The care provided is characterized by consistent critical thinking and problem solving skills, clinical competence within the scope of practice, accountability, effective communication skills, respect for diverse cultures, a commitment to caring, and client education; Member of Healthcare Team: The Psychiatric Technician graduate will provide safe client care consistently within the healthcare team. This care is characterized by the ability to establish priorities for clients. The Psychiatric Technician graduate collaborates with other members of the healthcare team including organizational and community resources using effective oral and written communications skills. As a member of the healthcare team, the Psychiatric Technician graduate recognizes roles and responsibilities within the levels of the career ladder and is competent in using technology to provide evidence-based care; Member of Profession: The Psychiatric Technician graduate will consistently demonstrate accountability, advocacy, an understanding of legal/ethical issues, and responsibility for one’s own professional growth, behavior, and education. The member of profession routinely participates in self-assessment and makes changes to improve their practice with the ultimate goal of making positive contributions to the profession.

To be considered for the Psychiatric Technician program you must:

  1. Complete the Porterville College assessment test
  2. Complete the following program prerequisites with a grade “C” or higher (these classes must be taken within five years of starting the PT program):
  • Nursing Fundamental Concepts (PTVN P009)-required
  • Anatomy P052 - required
  • English P050 and Math P061 with a grade of “C” or higher or have equivalent scores on the assessment tests is recommended
  1. Four to six general education courses are recommended
  2. 4. Submit completed application form to the Health Careers Office with the following:
  • Official High School transcripts
  • If you did not complete the 12th grade, but have high school proficiency or GED, submit official test scores
  • Porterville College assessment scores
  • A copy of your unofficial Porterville College transcripts
  • Official transcripts from any other colleges attended
  • If you have any work or volunteer experience in the health field, include a letter of verification of length of time.
  • An American Heart Association BLS - Healthcare Provider card valid through the entire 18-month program is required (you may provide proof of certification to the Health Careers Office after acceptance into the program).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that all the above are on file in the Health Careers Office.

First Semester  
PTVN P010A - Fundamentals of Nursing 4 units
PTVN P010B - Introduction to Medical/ Surgical Nursing 5 units
PTVN P010C - Life Span Development 2 units
PTVN P010D - Clinical Practice 6 units
Second Semester  
PSYT P020A - Developmental Disabilities 2.5 units
PSYT P020B - Understanding/Promoting Personal Development and Adjustment of the Developmentally Disabled 2 units
PSYT P020C - Principles/Practices of Behavioral Support for Developmentally Disabled 2 units
PSYT P020D - Pharmacology: Concepts and Practices 1.5 units
PSYT P020E - Therapeutics of Communication and Relationships 2 units
PSYT P020F - Clinical Practice 6 units
Third Semester  
PSYT P030A - Psychiatric Nursing Practice Responsibilities and Approaches 1.5 units
PSYT P030B - Psychopathology I - Major Mental Illness 2 units
PSYT P030C - Crisis Assessment and Intervention 1.5 units
PSYT P030D - Psychopathology II: Disorders of Children, Elderly, Personality and Addiction 2.5 units
PSYT P030E - Therapeutic Methods 2 units
PSYT P030F - Clinical Practice 6 units

All courses in each semester must be completed satisfactorily with a grade of “C” or higher before student may be enrolled in the next semester.

Vocational Nurse

Vocational nursing includes an introduction to the basic principles and theories of nursing, personal and community health; normal growth and development; normal aging processes and geriatric nursing; and ethics and interpersonal relationships. Integration of these principles, including anatomy and physiology, provides a foundation in nursing upon which the student can build skills, knowledge and understanding in identifying nursing needs of patients with common disorders and disturbances of the body systems.

This is a three-semester certificate program. The program includes classes on the college campus with clinical training at approved hospitals within the area. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the examination for licensure as a Vocational Nurse.

Only students who have met all admission requirements will be considered for the program.

Program Learning Outcomes: Provider of Client Care: The Vocational Nursing graduate will be able to provide safe client care by determining appropriate nursing interventions to clients to promote wellness and prevention of illness, and to clients with altered health states. The care provided is characterized by consistent critical thinking and problem solving skills, clinical competence within the scope of practice, accountability, effective communication skills, respect for diverse cultures, a commitment to caring, and client education; Member of Healthcare Team: The Vocational Nursing graduate will provide safe client care consistently within the healthcare team. This care is characterized by the ability to establish priorities for clients. The Vocational Nursing graduate collaborates with other members of the healthcare team including organizational and community resources using effective oral and written communications skills. As a member of the healthcare team, the Vocational Nursing graduate recognizes roles and responsibilities within the levels of the career ladder and is competent in using technology to provide evidence-based care; Member of Profession: The Vocational Nursing graduate will consistently demonstrate accountability, advocacy, an understanding of legal/ethical issues, and responsibility for one’s own professional growth, behavior, and education. The member of profession routinely participates in self-assessment and makes changes to improve their practice with the ultimate goal of making positive contributions to the profession

To be considered for the Vocational Nursing Program you must:

  1. Complete the Porterville College assessment test
  2. Complete the following program prerequisites with a grade “C” or higher (these classes must be taken within five years of starting the VN program):
  • Nursing Fundamental Concepts (PTVN P009)-required
  • Anatomy P052-required
  • Psychology P101A-required
  1. English P050 and Math P061 with a grade of “C” or higher or having equivalent scores on the assessment tests is recommended
  2. Four to six general education courses are recommended
  3. Submit completed application form to the Health Careers Office with the following:
  • Official High School transcripts
  • If you did not complete the 12th grade, but have high school proficiency or GED, submit official test scores
  • Porterville College assessment scores
  • A copy of your unofficial Porterville College transcripts
  • Official transcripts from any other colleges attended
  • If you have any work or volunteer experience in the health field, include a letter of verification of length of time.
  1. An American heart Association BLS - Healthcare Provider card valid through the entire 18-month program is required (you may provide proof of certification to the Health Careers Office after acceptance into the program).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to see that all the above are on file in the Health Careers Office.

First Semester

 

PTVN P010A - Fundamentals of Nursing 4 units
PTVN P010B - Introduction to Medical/ Surgical Nursing 5 units
PTVN P010C - Life Span Development 2 units
PTVN P010D - Clinical Practice 6 units

Second Semester

 

VNRS P025A - Endocrine System 2 units
VNRS P025B - Gastro Intestinal System 1.5 units
VNRS P025C - Musculoskeletal System 1 unit
VNRS P025D - Genito-Urinary System 1 unit
VNRS P025E - Diseases and Disorders of the Eye and Ear 1 unit
VNRS P025F - Integumentary System 1 unit
VNRS P025G - Pediatrics 1.5 units
VNRS P025H - Clinical Practice 6 units

Third Semester

 

VNRS P035A - Leadership 2 units
VNRS P035B - Maternity Nursing 2 units
VNRS P035C - Cardiovascular System 2 units
VNRS P035D - Respiratory System 2 units
VNRS P035E - Neurological System 2 units
VNRS P035F - Clinical Practice 6 units

All courses in each semester must be completed satisfactorily with a grade of “C” or higher before student may be enrolled in the next semester.